19 April 2014

Genealogical Rambles

See my Midwife To The Blues blog post.

Mrs. F. S. Wolcott and daughter Hilda were the Billo descendants I was tracking.  What was the Rabbit Foot Minstrels?  The 1940 Census Mississippi, showed the Wolcotts living in Port Gibson, Claiborne, Mississippi.  Fred Wolcott's occupation was "showman" and his business was Rabbit Foot.


A Wikipedia entry connected "the song "The W.S. Wolcott Medicine Show", to stories the late singer Levon Helm told....about the Wolcott troupe, which had come through Arkansas regularly when Helm was a boy."

Lots of vintage photos of the Wolcott troupe here.  The Wolcott place in Port Gibson, Mississippi.

An article about Levon Helm and his musical group, The Band.  Helm's own ramble based upon his experiences with the Wolcotts explained here.  Mr. Helm's obituary here.

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